A Full MLB Season Kicks Off - Giving Sports Fans a Small Glimpse Back Towards Normalcy
By Alexander Weber, MD

Baseball has been a huge part of American culture and fans are looking forward to the beginning of 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. While the 2020 MLB season will be remembered as the COVID-dominated season and only 60 games were played, teams will play a full 162 game schedule this year. The official start day for 2021 MLB season was on April 1, 2021 and is expected to conclude on October 3, 2021 should all go according to plan. COVID-19 has affected the lives of millions of baseball fans worldwide. Despite the return of a full season, COVID-19 will continue to affect the 2021 MLB season. A limited number of fans will be allowed in stadiums with the the numbers being subject to state and local regulations. MLB players will again have to abide by health and safety protocols, including face coverings, frequent PCR testing, and social distancing. Despite vaccination status, players and coaches will not be able to leave the team hotel on road trips or socialize with those outside the travel party. Teams are able to carry a taxi squad of 5 additional players on all road trips in case COVID-19 related issues arise. The return of a full baseball season gives sports fans a glimpse back toward pre-COVID-19 sports normalcy. Despite continued modifications for fans and athletes alike, there is hope on the horizon!